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The beaches of Ko Chang Noi

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Ko Chang Noi’s beaches are known more for laid-back vibes than idyllic scenes of water worthy of a snorkel.





Ranging from tan to amber to charcoal grey, the sand is generally soft enough for bare feet and at most places it’s possible to swim no matter the tide. Staying calm in dry season, the water can be dark and murky or emerald and cloudy depending on weather. While no beach is crowded, some are more remote than others.

Serenity. Photo taken in or around The beaches of Ko Chang Noi, Ko Chang Noi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Serenity. Photo: David Luekens

Ao Yai Also known as Long Beach, Ao Yai (“Big Bay”) is the island’s main beach, spanning three kilometres of the west coast and broken into northern, central and southern sections by a canal and a rocky outcrop. A mix of beach pines, rubber, banyan and coconut trees back the tan sand, while patches of offshore rocks attract locals with fishing rods and travellers at sunset. We noticed some tidal garbage but it wasn’t too bad compared to a lot of islands. Many visitors are content to go their entire stay without leaving Ao Yai.

Ao Yai, as big as it is pretty. Photo taken in or around The beaches of Ko Chang Noi, Ko Chang Noi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Ao Yai, as big as it is pretty. Photo: David Luekens

Those seeking ultimate peace and quiet should opt for a resort like Cashew or Sunset along North Ao Yai, which is the island’s longest contiguous stretch of sand. Hosting a couple of funky beach bars, the central stretch puts you within relatively easy walking distance of the village. A rocky border makes the southern strip feel more like a separate beach and here you’ll find some of the island’s comfiest accommodation at places like ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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